The average maximum force the bricks can stand is 4,240N. That’s equivalent to a mass of 432kg (950lbs). If you divide that by the mass of a single brick, which is 1.152g, then you get the grand total of bricks a single piece of Lego could support: 375,000.
So, 375,000 bricks towering 3.5km (2.17 miles) high is what it would take to break a Lego brick.
Mars Curiosity lander will break into the Martian atmosphere with a scheduled decent August 6th. NASA is using a parachute and then a crazy risky rocket propelled crane to lower the lander onto the surface. Stay tuned! It will be exciting.
This is one of the scariest graphs I’ve seen in a long time. This plot, from the CDC, shows probable and confirmed cases of pertussis, whooping cough, in the state of Washington from 2011 through June 2012. it’s curious that Washington state has seen such a large jump; the incidence of pertussis overall in that state is nine times higher than the national average. Why would this be? Well, it so happens that the antivax movement is quite strong in Washington state, and it also so happens that parents are choosing not to vaccinate their children in higher numbers there than the rest of the nation.